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Hamlin Hosts Common Sense Media Teen Panel

On January 15 a large group of Grade 8 students from schools all over San Francisco (including Kinnari A. and Chloe H. from Hamlin) shared thoughts about their media use. The event was facilitated by Dana Blum from Common Sense Media.

Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids. Together with policymakers, industry leaders, and global media partners, we’re building a digital world that works better for all kids, their families, and their communities.

The panelists addressed several topics. Below are some of the items that were discussed:

-The use of social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok

-The drawbacks of anonymous posting on social media

-The allure of watching videos for entertainment and connectivity

-The addictive aspects of online apps and websites

-The use of click bait to keep young people online

-The positive aspects of learning to build a computer and play a ukulele using tutorial videos on YouTube

-The downside of phone usage in terms of sleep deprivation

-The connection between excessive media use and anxiety/depression

To learn more about Common Sense Media, please visit: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Positive Coaching Alliance Speaks at Hamlin

On Friday, Carrie Zarraonandia from the Positive Coaching Alliance, spoke with our middle school students about using social media in life and with sports.

Carrie Zarraonandia was elected to the Marin County Athletic Hall of Fame for coaching and has been honored as a S.F. Bay Area Double-Goal Coach Winner and national Finalist. She has over 30 years of service to the United States Professional Tennis Association, and recently was awarded the 2017 NorCal Pro of the Year.  She is a “veteran” sports mom and taught three out of her five children to play tennis and enjoy the sport. 

Ms. Zarraonandia shared the following insights (among others):

-What you post on social media is important and shapes how you are perceived.

-The negative use of social media has real world consequences.

-You can use social media to be a positive influence.

She shared the following questions to ask before posting on social media:

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Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 11/5/2015


Tumblr is an unending streaming scrapbook of text, photos, videos, and audio clips. It pioneered the vibrant, graphic-rich, full-screen design that kids love (which is one reason Yahoo bought it for $1.1 billion 2013). And — with more than a million blogs — it remains one of the most popular places on the Web for creative types to design original pages, share cool things they discover, and follow others with similar interests. On Tumblr, the goal of many users is to be “reblogged” (as opposed to racking up likes, as with Instagram), which makes the service feel like a creative community bonded by shared interests — and not a popularity contest. Read full  Tumblr article here.

Tumblr is unique because of the wide variety of content that users can post from their phones or computers. Not only can they text and post photos, they also can offer up quotes, links, music, voice messages, and videos. It all shows up on a member’s page along with a stream of posts from people they’re following. This ability to post instantaneously can be a risk for impulsive teens (or any teens, really). Check out how to keep up with the latest social apps and websites teens are using  and check out the 15 apps and websites your kids are going to after Facebook!

Have a great week and don’t forget to use Common Sense.

Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 9/9/2015


If your kid is among the 75% of teens who have access to a smartphone, you’re well aware of the app obsession that can take over the brain and body in seconds. While a lot of social networking is harmless — and even beneficial — some apps are specifically designed to appeal to users’ darker impulses. Confessionals, anonymous comments, incriminating photos, rumor-mongering — that sort of thing. Worse, some apps apply location services to this already combustible mix, connecting everyone in a school and magnifying problems like cyberbullying, gossip, and physical threats; unneeded drama.

Keep an eye out for these three apps that often stir up drama in school and let’s keep the drama on the stage.